Jan. 28, 2013
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. - No. 8 Air Force rifle completed a six-team sweep during a two-day NCAA competition at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., this past weekend, Jan. 26-27. The six wins gave Air Force its 11th-straight victory, dating back to its wins at the President's Trophy Match on Nov. 25, 2012. During the weekend, the Falcons also crowned two champions in both matches. Freshman Kevyn Stinett, Colorado Springs, Colo. (CS30), and sophomore Meredith Carpentier, Waukegan, Ill. (CS35), led the team in the two matches on Saturday and Sunday, at The Citadel Rifle Range.
On Saturday, Stinett was the champion of the smallbore match, scoring 580 points (a personal best). Carpentier was the second-place shooter in both the smallbore (577) and air rifle (590) matches. The pair led the Falcons to their victories in both smallbore (2299) and air rifle (2337) against The Citadel, North Carolina State, and VMI (Men and Women).
The Falcons finished first (4636) against 14th-ranked North Carolina State (4619), *VMI Mixed (4483), *The Citadel Coed (4476), VMI Men (4316), The Citadel Women (4296) and the VMI Women (4258).
On Sunday, Carpentier was the team leader with a new personal-best 587 in the smallbore and was the overall victor in both guns shooting the 587 and a 590 in the air rifle. She led the rifle squad to its 2339 victory against the Bulldogs (2220) and the Wolfpack (2317) air rifle squads.
The Falcons finished first, with 4643 points versus Nevada-Reno (4625), *The Citadel Coed, (4495), and the Citadel Women (4304). (*Team scores not counted as NCAA competition records.)
Shooting smallbore in Saturday's matches was Stinett (580), Carpentier (577), David Higgins (572), Tyler Rico (570), and Craig O'Daniel (558). In the air rifle were Carpentier (590), Rico (588), Stinett (583), Higgins (576), and O'Daniel (565).
In Sunday's smallbore matches were Carpentier (587), Rico (577), Higgins (574), Stinett (566) and O'Daniel (563). The air rifle squad fielded Carpentier (590), Rico (590), Higgins (584), Stinett (575), and O'Daniel (568).
The Academy's rifle team is currently ranked eighth in the national coaches' poll going into this weekend's matches. The team is now 16-3 in collegiate competition.
Air Force hosts Nevada-Reno, Feb. 2 at the USAFA Falcon Rifle Range